Flashback: Collapse and Victory of the Enlightenment

Benjamin Harshav

in Language in Time of Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912960 | DOI:
Flashback: Collapse and Victory of the Enlightenment

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This chapter discusses the slogan of aestheticization referred not only to external appearance but also to the appreciation of beauty, love, nature, art, literature, and beautiful forms within literature. The ideal of self-realization was common to all directions and trends. Personal self-realization had roots in traditional Jewish society. Two social ideals in popular semiotics were study and trade: the Yiddish proverb combines them in a rhyme in the chapter. In both, the individual's personal talent, activity, and initiative are what determine success. Jews almost never worked in large collectives, in fields or factories. It is the individual merchant or peddler who connected the Jewish and the general economy or two areas of the marketplace—between village, town, and overseas. Certainly, achievements in learning were fully dependent on the individual's talents and success.

Keywords: aestheticization; beauty; love; nature; art; literature; self-realization; semiotics; Jews; talent

Chapter.  2906 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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